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siq petraThe “Siq” (English: “Shaft”) is the Arabic name given to the unique entry way into ancient Petra  . It is a dim narrow gorge that winds along some 1.2 km to Petra’s iconic Al-Khazneh  (“The Treasury”). 

The siq was formed by a natural fault split apart by tectonic forces, later smoothed by water. The walls that enclose the siq are up to 180 m high. 

At the entracne one can see the remains of a monumental arch that has survived until 1896. 

Along the siq noumerous votive niches carved into the walls suggest it was a viewed as a sacred entry by the Nabateans. Two sets of larger then life eroded reliefs portraying human figures and camels can also be seen along the Siq. 


The Siq ( Arabic: السيق‎, transliterated al-Sīq, transcribed as-Sīq, literally ‘the Shaft’) is the main entrance to the ancient Nabatean city of Petra in southern Jordan. Also known as Siqit, it is a dim, narrow gorge (in some points no more than 3 metres (10 ft) wide) and winds its way approximately 1.2 kilometres (0.75 mi) and ends at Petra’s most elaborate ruin, Al Khazneh (the Treasury).

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Book a Private Tour to Petra

Petra is in the southern part of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. It is about 2 hours drive from the Israeli border crossing near Eilat, and takes 3-4 hours to explore.

Entry into Jordan also requires setting a visa.

I recommend to contact me for a proposal of a full day tour of Petra  , with an optional visit also to Wadi Rum  .